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Sunday, September 11, 2016: 2015 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition Winner, Wenjie Lu (Silvermine School of Music in Norwalk)
Pianist Wenjie Lu began playing the piano at the age of five. At the age of 15, Wenjie made his concerto debut in Guangzhou, performing the Yellow River Concerto with the Youth Orchestra. Winning many competitions, his performances have taken him to cities in Asia, North America and Europe. In 2009, Wenjie received the Global Ambassador scholarship to study at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio under the tutelage of Dr. Tianshu Wang. His many honors include the Keller Award for Outstanding Freshman, the Karen Jeanne Forster Keyboard Award and the Presser Foundation Award for Outstanding Junior. He was the state winner of MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition in 2011 and won the first prize at the OMTA/ Graves Young Artist Piano Competition in 2013. Wenjie received his Master of Music in Piano Performance from Eastman School of Music and is currently a candidate for a Doctoral of Musical Art degree at Eastman. He is the recipient of the Lowry Award, studying with Professor Barry Snyder.
Sunday, October 9, 2016: Cuatro Puntos [location TBD]
Cuatro Puntos (‘four points’ in Spanish) is a non-profit organization and musical ensemble dedicated to global co-operation and peace through the writing, performance and teaching of music around the world. Musical diplomacy is the keystone of its mission: the musicians of Cuatro Puntos aim to spread peace and understanding through musical partnerships around the world, while always striving for the highest standards of artistic excellence. The ensemble focuses on three areas: theme-driven concerts and public programming; local education and outreach; and two-way cultural exchanges around the world. Cuatro Puntos hosts workshops in Hartford entitled ‘Chamber Music for Peace’, which help young musicians hone musical skills while they learn how to use music to engage with their community and the wider world. Cuatro Puntos has an ongoing cultural exchange with an El Sistema music programme in Tarija, Bolivia (hence the Spanish name of the group) and with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul. Cuatro Puntos has performed and given master-classes and lectures extensively across North and South America, Europe and Asia. Their album of Afghan-inspired music for strings, recorded with musicians from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, is available on the Toccata Classics label.
Sunday, November 6, 2016: 2016 Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition (The Unitarian Church in Westport)
The Competition is dedicated to the discovery of the most promising musicians between the ages of 19-35. Founded in 1972 by famous pianist, teacher and philanthropist, Heida Hermanns – and now in its 45th year - the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition has been a showcase for exceptional musicians from around the world. It is held annually on a rotating basis in voice, strings and piano and is a springboard for the careers of extraordinarily talented musicians. An esteemed jury will screen the audition video recordings of applicants from around the world. From these initial screenings, a maximum of 16 contestants will be invited to compete for cash prizes and other awards, as well as professional recognition necessary to launch a successful concert career. In this two-day event, the selected competitors will perform in a Semi-Final round on Saturday, which is free and open to the public, and six will be invited to perform in the Finals round on Sunday.
Sunday, April 9, 2017: 2007 Heida Hermanns International Music Competition Winner Jonathan Yanik, Saxophone [location TBD]
Jonathan Yanik earned his Masters of Music in Saxophone from University of Michigan, where he studied Saxophone with Donald Sinta and Jazz Saxophone with Dr. Andrew Bishop, graduating with Highest Academic Honors. Prior to studying at Michigan, Jonathan earned his Bachelors of Music Education with high distinction from Indiana University in summer 2007, where he studied Saxophone with Dr. Otis Murphy. Jonathan is a versatile and enthusiastic musician who performs Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute in many different musical settings including Orchestra, Jazz Band/Combo, Chamber Music, Rock and Pit Orchestra. Jonathan has commissioned and premiered a number of new works for Saxophone and is leading a consortium for a new Concerto by David Biedenbender. Jonathan is currently a member of the United States Navy Band, the premier Wind Ensemble of the US Navy, being selected by audition in 2008, reporting in 2009 and appointed Principal Saxophonist in 2011. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Towson University.
Sunday, May 21, 2017: Jordan Dodson (Classical Guitar) and Charlotte Mundy (Vocals) [location TBD]
Jordan Dodson is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. In 2011, Jordan was one of two guitarists selected to inaugurate a new program in classical guitar at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. He has received prizes in numerous competitions, including the 2013 Astral Artists National Auditions, 2011 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, 2010 Indiana International Guitar Competition and 2008 American String Teachers Association Competition. In 2013, he was a Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media's Performance Today. An advocate for contemporary music, Jordan has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally. He is also a performer in several New York City ensembles. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Jordan started playing music at a young age. He has received degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music and the University of Cincinnati. Charlotte Mundy is featured on the world premiere recording of the art songs of Connie Converse and forthcoming recordings with TAK and Happy Valley Band, has performed Feldman's Three Voices in NYC, Chicago and Kitchener, Ontario. She is a member of TAK, a mixed quintet that has held residencies at Columbia University and Oberlin College. Charlotte holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music's Contemporary Performance Program, where she studied with Lucy Shelton, and the University of Toronto.
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The 2016 Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition will be held at The Unitarian Church in Westport